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Sherford Community Church welcomes new Vicar!:

Sherford Community Church welcomes new Vicar!

Sherford has welcomed a new vicar, to lead the new town’s Church of England congregation. Greg Bakker has taken over the post – in an interim capacity – to lead Sherford Community Church.

Greg has lost no time in getting to know people in the community.  He has been working with Sherford Vale School and the House of Brews to offer a number of mothers and carers a free cup of coffee as part of the Mother’s Day celebrations.  On Tuesday (5th March) and Wednesday (6th March) Mrs Evans took the opportunity to join Greg and his team handing out cards to many of the mothers and carers of children attending the school offering them a free coffee to say thank you to them for all they do bringing up their children.

Greg has had a really warm and friendly welcome from residents.  He commented, “It is really lovely to be part of the Sherford community and I am very much look forward to working with the school and joining in community activities alongside helping to nurture an open and engaged church here in Sherford.” 

Mrs Susie Evans, Head Teacher said, ‘It is very important for the school and church to work together as both institutions are at the heart of the community.  Greg is very is open and welcoming and has taken the initiative to show how thankful the community is to mothers and carers for all that they do to nurture their children.’

Greg originally hails from California, some distance from his current Plymouth posting! He supports churches as they adapt to be more outwardly focused: based on his considerable experience, he is well placed to support the growing community of Sherford.


There are plenty of opportunities – for those living within and outside of Sherford – to get involved in events run by the church in the coming weeks:

On Mothering Sunday (10th March) everyone is invited to this special service at 10 am with coffee and cakes.  With crafts, prayers, and the giving of flowers: it will be a great way to say thank you to mums, carers, and all are nurturing or have nurtured children and young people.  

At Easter there will be a Muddy Church in Sherford Country Park on Good Friday, 29th March at 10.30am.  And on Easter Day (31st) there will be a ‘Sunrise Service’ in the Country Park.

On 6th April the church will be supporting the community’s Sherford Celebration. 

There will be an ‘agape’ family lunch for everyone on Sunday 11th April as part of the usual morning service.

Sherford Community Church runs regular Sunday services, small Bible groups, a children’s ministry.  There is also a popular baby and toddler group which meets every Wednesday at 9.30am in the Sherford Community Hub.  Find out more at


7th March 2024